JMR Solicitors can assist in any type of harassment case, whether the harassment is from your place of work, an individual, service providers such as banks, local authorities, housing associations or other organisations.
What is harassment?
Harassment can include:
- Sexist, racist or homophobic jokes
- Making fun of a person’s disability
- Jokes about religion or anti-religious comments
- Unwanted phone calls, emails, letters or visits
- Bullying or abuse online
- Verbal abuse or threats
- Intimidation, e.g. smashing objects or frightening you
Should I contact the police if I think I am being harassed?
If you feel that you are in immediate danger from violent behaviour, contact the police immediately.
Some victims of harassment would simply like an apology, where others may be seeking for compensation. JMR Solicitors can assist you in achieving whatever outcome you would like to reach and advise you about a course of action to ensure that the harassment does not continue.
What is classed as harassment and bullying at work?
Workplace harassment can take many forms and can have an enormous impact on a person’s general well-being. Workplace harassment can include jokes about a person’s particular characteristics, racist or sexist remarks or jokes or being the subject of unwanted sexual approaches or comments.
JMR Solicitors can work to ensure that you are protected from any further harassment and, where appropriate, legal proceedings can be brought about.
Harassment at work may be breaching an employer’s duties of trust and confidence. If the harassment pertains to a person’s particular characteristic such as their age, gender, race, religion, disability, sex or sexual orientation it may also be discrimination.
What protection can I get if I am being harassed?
The Protections from Harassment Act 1997 defines harassment as behaviour that cases alarm or distress. The Act also states that to prosecute a person under this Act, you must have experienced two or more incidents by the same person or same group of people. It will be the court’s decision as to whether your experience amounts to harassment; however, they will look at whether most reasonable people would think that the behaviour amounts to harassment.
Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, we can help you to obtain an injunction to prohibit a person or group of people from knowingly harassing you. We can also help you to receive damages and costs in the County Court or High Court.
If a harassment claim is successful and an injunction is granted, if the person breaches this injunction they may result in them being held in contempt of court or even mean that they face criminal charges.